As more people become eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, local health departments want people to know how to get more information for their area.
Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution started Monday, Jan. 11. This allows people 65-years and older, as well as frontline essential workers, to be vaccinated.
Find your county below to find more information on how your health department is handling distribution.
The Bay County Health Department is receiving 2,340 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine the week of March 1. Of those doses, 1,170 are first doses.
Click here to register for the vaccine if you are in an eligible phase.
Central Michigan Health Department (Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, and Roscommon counties)
The week of Feb. 15, the health department received 1,800 first dose vaccines. To date, they administered 13,885 vaccines, which include 10,557 first dose vaccines and 3,328 second dose vaccines.
District Health Department No. 2 (Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda)
District Health Department No. 2 issued the following information on Feb. 18:
District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2), serving Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Oscoda Counties, would like to take the opportunity to update area residents on the status of COVID-19 vaccinations given by DHD2 in the jurisdiction. To date, a total of 2,343 first doses have been administered by DHD2, with 350 second doses being administered as well. Additionally, DHD2 has distributed 630 doses to local partners.
As DHD2 continues to move forward in the mass vaccination process, additional clinics are being planned as vaccines become available. On Monday, February 8, 2021, an additional 570 doses of first COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds. Appointments for this clinic are currently being made. Also, on Friday, February 5, 2021, and Saturday, February 6, 2021, an additional 743 second doses will be administered. Additional clinics are being planned as vaccine becomes available and those clinics will be filled utilizing the pre-registration queue.
If you would like to pre-register for up-coming mass vaccination clinics, go to the DHD2 website at www.dhd2.org and click on the red banner, complete the form in its entirety providing all the necessary information. You will know your form submission is successful when you receive the “Thank You” message after hitting the submit button. IT IS IMPORTANT to note that completing the form is a pre-registration. This does not register you for a particular clinic. DHD2 staff are reaching out to individuals via phone call when an appointment date and time become available. It is crucial that individuals do not show up to a clinic if they are not given a specific appointment date and time. If you are elderly and unable to register on-line, please call the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging for assistance at 989-358-4899.
Genesee County has received 2,080 vaccines from the state of Michigan for the week of Jan. 18.
The county health department expects to receive 2,300 doses next week, as well as 1,200 additional doses for those who have already received their first dose.
At this time, the Genesee County Health Department said it does not have enough vaccines to include all essential workers or other infrastructure workers.
Residents will need to pre-register for a vaccination appointment by heading to www.gchd.us/covid19vaccine/.
Seniors who may not have access to the internet are asked to call their local senior center for pre-register information
“As the health department continues to ramp up for anticipated increases in vaccine availability, we have experienced more demand than our website has been able to handle,” the Genesee County Health Department wrote in a Facebook post. “This has caused temporary outages. We continue to work to address this capacity issue. We appreciate your continued patience during the next few days as critical changes are being made. Should you experience any delay in accessing our website, please continuing trying.”
Huron and Tuscola
The Huron and Tuscola County Health Departments issued the following information on Feb. 8:
Huron and Tuscola County Health Departments continue to vaccinate eligible individuals based on vaccine supply. Currently, eligible individuals are those that are 65 and over, health care workers, first responders, police officers, pre-K through 12 teachers and workers in childcare centers and protective services. Last week we started vaccinating school and day care providers with 25% of the vaccine, and 75% is being used to vaccinate those ages 65 and older. This week our focus remains on the 65 and up age groups and the addition of vaccinating Child Caring Centers, and protective services workers. Across the State of Michigan this is a formula that is being used due to the shortage of vaccine.
The desire to receive the COVID-19 vaccine remains high. Due to the limited supply, it can take up to 6-8 weeks for eligible individuals to be contacted. We appreciate your patience. Regardless of the current phase of eligibility, anyone desiring to be vaccinated please register if you are a Huron County resident at www.hchd.us or a Tuscola County resident at www.tchd.us. We now have our pre-registration link available for you to register for Covid-19 vaccine! This will be used for health department staff to contact you when there are vaccine doses available. One person may enter contact information for multiple people. We encourage anyone to help those who do not have internet access. When we receive vaccine, we will contact you by email (if provided), text or phone call. You will then have times to choose from in the schedule for a specific date.
Please keep in mind we are only receiving a couple hundred doses of vaccine in a week. This is not enough to get our communities vaccinated as fast as we would like. We can vaccinate with every available dose that we have within 5 days of receiving the vaccine. We have been receiving our allocations for second doses. Second doses are being provided within the recommended timelines.
Information about vaccination dates and the process for scheduling is pushed out through local newspapers, health department Facebook pages, AM and FM radio, and all our community-based organizations, hospitals, local physician offices and pharmacies. Once vaccine in the state increases you will see local pharmacies, physician offices also providing vaccinations.
Go to the MI COVID 19 Vaccination Dashboard at www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine. At this time Tuscola County has vaccinated 4912 people with first doses and 924 with second doses, Huron as vaccinated 3744people and 1654 people with second doses. HCHD vaccinated just over 1000 people with second doses on 02.04.21, TCHD will be vaccinating 1000 with second doses of Pfizer vaccine on 02.08.21. You can follow our progress along with all other counties in the state by going to the state’s dashboard. The staff from both health departments are so grateful to all of you that have been volunteering at the clinics, for the facility usage at Evangel Assembly of God Church in Bad Axe and the Colwood Church in Caro. Huge thank you to all of you that have been assisting your neighbors and friends with the registration process. Later this week we will be announcing additional efforts, in the way of phone bank, to assist those in registration who do not have internet access. It does not matter if you register by phone or at the online links at www.hchd.us or www.tchd.us everyone goes on the waiting list. The waiting list is then sorted to identify those eligible for vaccination according to the phase we are vaccinating.
The Midland County Health Department received 500 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine the week of March 1. The county health department said it will be developing a distribution plan in the coming days.
As of Feb. 18, the Midland County Health Department has received 6,251 COVID-19 vaccine doses. Among that was 4,316 first doses and 1,935 second doses.
In addition, the health department received 400 first doses the week of Feb. 15.
The Saginaw County Health Department is expecting to receive about 2,100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, March 3.
The county health department issued the following information on Feb. 26:
Phase of distribution: 1B, Groups A (80+) and B
Doses shipped to Saginaw County: 56,665
Doses administered in Saginaw County: 39,353
- The mass indoor drive-through event at the Dow on Feb. 26 added an additional 800+ residents. Remaining doses are earmarked for first and second dose clinics in the next seven days.
In addition to its inherent and ongoing focus on fair and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Saginaw County Health Department has submitted an application with the state to receive additional doses for collaborative work aimed at the top five most socially vulnerable census tracts in the county.
Factors contributing to social vulnerability include socioeconomic status, family composition & disability, minority status & language minority, and housing type & transportation.
In Saginaw County, that group includes 17,275 individuals (nearly 10% of our total population). Of those, all live on the east side of Saginaw and 76% are African American.
Partnering with the health department in its effort to reach those 60 and older in this population (approximately 6,800 people) are NAACP – Saginaw Branch, Saginaw African American Pastors, St. Joe’s Catholic Church, SVRC, Covenant HealthCare, Ascension St. Mary’s, CMU Health, Great Lakes Bay Health Centers, STARS, and the Saginaw Community Foundation. The group is adopting the name Health and Community Connected (HCC) Workgroup.
Each organization will spearhead specific functions to get COVID-19 vaccines administered, from communications, education, transportation, location, and language interpretation/translation to outreach and actual vaccination.
If approved, this initiative would be done by the end of March.
Where to reserve dose of vaccine in Saginaw County:
Meijer and Rite Aid are also registering adults 65+. Hospitals are vaccinating their own patients.
Critical infrastructure businesses may register at saginawpublichealth.org. One main contact should register for all employees interested in receiving the vaccine.
After registration, you will be notified by phone with instructions of where to go for your vaccine. Saginaw County vaccine providers are working together, so you may be directed to a hospital, partner clinic, or Saginaw County Health Department drive-thru clinic.
As of March 1, the Shiawassee County Health Department has received 5,600 Moderna first and second doses. Of those, the health department has administered 4,494 doses - which includes extra draw-ups.
The week of March 1, the department has received 700 first and second doses, and allocated 450 doses to community partners.
Clinics for the week of March 1 are scheduled for individuals aged 65 and older, food processing and agricultural workers, and education staff.
If you have not already called, are 65-years-old or older, and are interested in the COVID-19 vaccine, call 989-743-2460 and leave your information.